October 25, 2005 5:49 PM PDT

AOL hires daughter of VP Cheney

Time Warner's America Online has hired Mary Cheney, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, an AOL spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

Mary Cheney will work closely with Ted Leonsis, vice chairman of America Online and head of the unit whose function it is to increase AOL's Internet audience via Web-based programming and products, AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said.

While Graham said Mary Cheney will begin her new job "in the near future," he added that he could not say exactly when she would start, exactly what her title would be, or in which office she would be based. Leonsis works in the company's Dulles, Va., headquarters.

"We are very pleased to have her on board as part of AOL," Graham said.

"Mary brings a huge amount of talent and skills and insight to America Online from years in public policy, public affairs and business," he said when asked why AOL hired her. "Mary has a strong knowledge of marketing and the online industry in general, as well as the marketplace."

Mary Cheney recently worked as an aide to her father. A high-profile lesbian, she previously served as gay community liaison for Coors Brewing, which had been criticized for making donations to critics of gay rights.

Despite attempts to keep Mary Cheney out of the news, the subject of her sexuality came up during several debates in the 2004 presidential race when candidates were questioned about their stance on gay rights. The vice president had previously tried to stay quiet on the subject.

AOL has long been a leader in promoting gay-friendly policies and practices, including offering same-sex domestic partners and their children the same benefits as non-gay couples, Graham said.

AOL was a corporate sponsor at the Capital Pride gay rights rally in June and has a business resource group, OUT@AOL, which was formed four years ago to promote a safe and diverse workplace for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. AOL also was "an early voice for the gay community," with its content-sharing agreements in the mid-1990s with Gay.com and Planet Out, Graham said.

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She is the blonde up front, the wonam with her I believe is her GF Heather Poe
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Nepotism & Politics
The nature of this story shouldn't be Cheney specifically or his daughter's sexuality, peripherally. The true nature is the bona fide prizes of nepotism and favoritism for the political class. Public servants reaping huge awards for their "service." All of us with children would do well to push our children into politics for their future survival in the competitive corporate world.
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Posted by Bob_Barker (167 comments )
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So sorry
I guess expressing an opinion about C|Net's choice of front page stories warrants deletion.

But seriously, if you're going to write an article about gays and tech then write one with substance. Headlining a story with "VP Cheney's Lesbo daughter works for AOL!!1!one!" is tabloid journalism.
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Her father should be the president and not the vice president. He's certainly more knowledgable and prepared than George W.
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